Got some Free fruits/veggies today :O}

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by erthymom2, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. erthymom2

    erthymom2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Went to outr local in town(small store) and asked if they would give me some of their fruit/veggies they were pulling off the shelves and carrying to the back. I told her it was for animal fee and she said she was glad someone could use some of it,she feels bad throwing so much out.She said they usually cut up anything still good for smaller salads, but i could go thru the other boxes.
    I walked out with over 50 lbs. of bagged salad stuff, squash, assorted summer veggies, corn on the cobs, peaches, etc. You get the picture. She even said I could come every sunday and anyother day of the week if I wanted for free produce stuff.
    It never hurts to ask and folks will usually give you more then you ask for.Now when I get a dozen fresh brown eggs, I'll bring them to her for her generosity.
  2. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    That's fantastic!! It's nice to see people wanting to give instead of being wasteful. I suppose there was no policy at that particular store about giving away produce....some stores would rather throw it away then give it to someone.
  3. blooo

    blooo Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 10, 2008
    berkeley, ca
    i've been going to the farmers' market and asking for greens they're throwing away. they take me to a whole boxful, and i take enough for a whole week - mostly carrot tops, but some other greens as well. it's great!
  4. mcg30_40

    mcg30_40 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2008
    It's wonderful that they gave you that but just an FYI... it's against regulations. Any g'store or restraunt that is governed by the food administration will get shut down immediatly if caught. I have a neighbor that caters and she can't even throw her scrap out and she is in the middle 20acres, it's a major violation. That's why so many places throw it away instead of giving it to someone to use.
  5. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    Grocery stores in my area won't give me anything but there's a small fruit/veggie stand that lets people go behind the building to pick through the spoiled veggies. That's the only way my girls get any watermelon. They've about finished a 20 pounder!
  6. newnanchic

    newnanchic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2008
    Newnan, Georgia
    well I will let you in on a small secret when it comes to the grocery stores. The one I worked at for 19 years before retiring early , I gave alot of the out dated stuff to the local food bank and unfortunatly we had to require them to carry a million dollar liability policy "Just incase" someone filed suit and said they got sick and for that same reason we had to stop the "hog man" from getting all of the greens and produce because you do not know that they are using it for animal feed and some people are looking for a reason to "File a Lawsuit" on a big company. So I totally understand why they don't give it away anymore. Just a few in the past have ruined it for all of us honest folks.
  7. blooo

    blooo Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 10, 2008
    berkeley, ca
    wow, that's too bad it's again regulations ... though i do see why in extreme cases it would make sense.

    fwiw, at my farmers' market, all food garbage is composted.
  8. rSpriggs

    rSpriggs Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 3, 2008
    Spirit Lake, ID
    I'm grateful that we've had a discount outlet who has given us produce for over a year. I stop by about 2x a week & walk out with at least a bushel box.
    Go try the independent or discount outlets; they don't have as many corporate rules!

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